FOR SECURITY REASONS
by Sharon Rondeau
The statement, released by Director of Communications Jack Langer, indicates that Nunes was investigating surveillance-related matters before Trump’s March 4 series of tweets wherein he claimed his office at Trump Tower was “wiretapped” during the presidential campaign.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated several days later that Trump utilized the term “wiretapped” loosely to encompass general monitoring or surveillance by the government, which at that point was led by Barack Hussein Obama.
Nunes was soundly criticized by House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff, who said that Nunes should have informed the other members of the committee instead of heading directly to the White House last Tuesday.
The following day, Nunes gave a brief press conference in which he stated that new information he had viewed on the matter was “troubling,” although “perhaps legal.” He stressed that the FISA law under which surveillance of foreign individuals is carried out in the interest of national security mandates that US citizens caught up in such surveillance must remain anonymous to all except a limited few in the US intelligence community.
Trump has indicated that those who unmasked the US citizens will be prosecuted.
Former National Security Agency (NSA) platforms designer William Binney has stated in a number of interviews that the NSA captures all electronic and telephonic communications made by Americans and that the substance of the exchanges can be produced in written form upon request of a government functionary.
In June 2013, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided substantial documentation to two reporters from The Guardian showing that widespread data-harvesting was taking place on American citizens without a warrant for probable cause.